ANTIOCH – Sirens will wail and holiday cheer will be in the air Dec. 11 at Raymond Chevrolet and Kia on Route 173 in Antioch.
Shop with a Cop will make stops around town to introduce needy children to police personnel so they can learn what police do to help the community and receive clothes and toys.
Mark Scarpelli, founder of Shop with a Cop in Antioch and owner of Raymond Chevrolet and Kia, said about 50 children participate in the program every year. Ages range from 5 to 14 years old.
Approximately 10 to 15 police officers will escort groups of children to Raymond Chevrolet and Kia after a pizza lunch at the police department. The streets light up as children are transported in Santa’s sleigh, which are actually Chevrolet Suburbans and Kia Sedonas, courtesy of the dealership.
Scarpelli and Raymond Chevrolet and Kia donate a Walmart gift card to each child for their upcoming shopping trip with the officers. All of the employees get together and pick the children’s names out of a hat. They are then given a special gift to unwrap as an added bonus.
To end the day, the officers take the children on a shopping spree at Walmart.